Black Music Month June 30th -- Quincy Jones

June 30, 2012
In honor of Black Music Month, today's video is from Quincy Jones, Here is a live performance of him leading a band as they perform a medley of his hits,

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The CW announces fall schedule premiere dates -- 'Supernatural' back October 3rd

June 29, 2012

Below is The CW's fall premiere schedule:
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2
8:00-9:00 PM HART OF DIXIE (Season Premiere)
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3
9:00-10:00 PM SUPERNATURAL (Season Premiere)
MONDAY, OCTOBER 8
8:00-9:00 PM 90210 (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM GOSSIP GIRL (Season Premiere)
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10
8:00-9:00 PM ARROW (Series Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM SUPERNATURAL
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11
8:00-9:00 PM THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Series Premiere)
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16
8:00-9:00 PM HART OF DIXIE
9:00-10:00 PM EMILY OWENS, M.D. (Series Premiere)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19
8:00-9:00 PM AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL: COLLEGE EDITION
9:00-10:00 PM NIKITA (Season Premiere)
All Times ET
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Black Music Month June 29th -- Al Green

In honor of Black Music Month, today's artist is Al Green. Here's "Let's Stay Together."

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Black Music Month June 28th -- Kanye West

June 28, 2012
For Black Music Month, today's artist is Kanye West. Here's "Heartless."

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Black Music Month June 27th -- Boys II Men

June 27, 2012
In honor of Black Music Month, today's artist is Boys II Men. Here's "End of The Road."

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Black Music Month June 26th -- Roberta Flack

June 26, 2012
In honor of Black Music Month, today's artist is Roberta Flack. Here's 'Killing Me Softly."

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Black Music Month June 25th -- Marvin Gaye

June 25, 2012
Today's Black Music Month artist is Marvin Gaye. Here's "Let's Get It On."

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Black Music Month June 24th -- Jimi Hendrix

June 24, 2012
Today's Black Music Month artist is Jimi Hendrix. Here's he is in a live performance of "Purple Haze."

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Black Music Month June 23rd -- Chuck Berry

June 23, 2012
In honor of Black Music Month, today's artist is Chuck Berry. Here's "Johnny B. Goode."

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Lifetime picks up Marc Cherry's 'Devious Maids' starring Susan Lucci

June 22, 2012

She may not be playing Erica Kane on "All My Children" anymore, but Susan Lucci will soon be back on our TV screens on a regular basis. Already tapped to host "Deadly Affairs" for Investigation Discovery in the fall, Lucci's pilot "Devious Maids" produced by "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry, will go to series after all.

The show was got a reprieve from the network after ABC passed on putting it on its fall schedule.

Lifetime has ordered the series for a June 2013 premiere. “This show and Marc Cherry’s unique story telling voice perfectly articulate Lifetime’s strategy of attracting top-tier creatives with their most original and exciting projects,” Lifetime’s president Nancy Dubuc and EVP Rob Sharenow said in a statement.

The series, based on the Mexican telenovela "Ellas son la Alegría del Hogar," "Devious Maids" follows the lives of five maids with ambition and dreams of their own while they work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. Joining Lucci in the series are Ana Ortiz, Judy Reyes, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez, Edy Ganem, Grant Show, Brianna Brown, Rebecca Wisocky, Tom Irwin, Mariana Klaveno, Brett Cullen and Drew Van Acker.

The show will be shot in Atlanta.

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Black Month June 22nd -- Cameo

In honor of Black Music Month, today's video is from Cameo. Here's "Candy."

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Black Music Month June 21st -- Miles Davis

June 21, 2012
In honor of Black Music Month, today's artist is Miles Davis. Check out the video for his rendition of Michael Jackson's "Human Nature."

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Black Music Month June 20th -- Janet Jackson

June 20, 2012
In honor of Black Music Month, today's honoree is Janet Jackson. Here she is performing a medley of her hits live. Check it out below:

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Comic Con: William Shatner, Roger Corman and Kevin Smith head to 4 day convention in San Diego

June 19, 2012

EPIX, the multiplatform premium entertainment network, will present two living legends together on stage at this year’s Comic-Con to preview their latest EPIX projects: director/producer Roger Corman and  William Shatner. The panel will be held July 14 in San Diego and will be moderated by Kevin Smith. Smith has had two comedy events on the network, most recently in February with his special "Kevin Smith: Burn in Hell."
“We enjoy working with these two icons and are excited to bring them together with their fans at Comic-Con,” said EPIX CEO Mark Greenberg. “We look forward to premiering both of these EPIX Originals on TV, online, and on devices to reach all their fans nationwide.” Following the panel on July 14, both William Shatner and Roger Corman will each introduce screenings to their new films at Comic-Con: the EPIX Original Documentary "William Shatner’s Get a Life!" at 7PM and EPIX Original Movie "Roger Corman’s Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader" in 3D at 12AM at Reading Cinemas.
Based on Shatner’s hugely popular book, "William Shatner's Get a Life," his film examines the mystery, longevity and the cultural phenomena of Star Trek and its long-obsessed fans known as “Trekkers.” On the surface, the film is an exploration of strangers who have for years attended conventions which looked foolish and almost laughable to some – but Shatner discovers the many secrets and hidden motives behind these individuals’ compulsion to attend these events. The end result is a film that reveals a fun and touching side of the fanfare surrounding Star Trek, and examines the thrill of what's happening at these fantasy conventions and the enduring popularity of the film and TV series as Shatner further embraces his role as Captain James T. Kirk and his own impact.
In an update to the great genre pictures of the ‘50s, Roger Corman’s first ever 3D film "Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader" follows a college coed who uses an experimental drug to transform herself into a popular beauty – but at a huge price. Produced by Corman along with his producing partner/wife Julie Corman, the movie stars Jena Sims (The Vampire Diaries), Sean Young (Blade Runner), Treat Williams (Hair, Prince of the City, Everwood), Ryan Merriman (Pretty Little Liars), A.J. Lamas (Leave it to Lamas), Mary Woronov (Eating Raoul), Ted Raimi (Spider-Man), with cameo appearances by Corman himself and director John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, Animal House, The Blues Brothers). Acclaimed visual effects artist Kevin O’Neill (Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula, Blade and Piranha 3D) directs.
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Black Music Month June 19th -- Gladys Knight and The Pips

In honor of Black Music Month, today's music video is by Gladys Knight and The Pips performing "Midnight Train To Georgia."

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Black Music Month June 18th -- Usher

June 18, 2012
In honor of Black Music Month, today's video is from Usher. Here is a live performance of "DJ Got Us Falling In Love/OMG"

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Black Music Month June 17th -- B. B. King

June 17, 2012
In honor of Black Music Month, today's video is from the legendary B.B. King. Here is a live performance of "The Thrill is Gone."

'Soldiers of Fortune': new movie starring Christian Slater and Ving Rhames opens August 3rd

The new movie starring Christian Slater, "Soldiers of Fortune," opens August 3rd. In the movie's synopsis, Captain Craig McKenzie (Christian Slater), a former US special forces soldier, is hired to protect a group of millionaires who want to experience firsthand the kicks and thrills of war.  However, the mission goes horribly wrong, and the men get a lot more than they bargained for. 
The movie stars Christian Slater, Sean Beam, Ving Rhames, Dominic Monaghan, Freddy Rodriguez and James Cromwell.
Check out the trailer for the movie below:


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'Spartacus' cast to appear at Comic Con one last time

June 16, 2012

On the heels of the announcement that the upcoming season of "Spartacus: War of the Dammed" will be its last, STARZ has announced that the the show will head to Comic Con for one last time.

Liam McIntyre (Spartacus), Manu Bennett (Crixus) and Executive Producer Steven S. DeKnight will meet audiences for a panel followed by an audience Q and A.

"Spartacus" has always host anticipated and popular panel over the years. Fans will get one of the first exclusive looks of the show and will get to hear about the upcoming and final season.   promised will be “epic on a scale you will not believe.”

Production is currently underway in New Zealand. Liam and Manu will travel around the globe to be with the fans for just one day, before heading back to finish filming (production wraps in the fall).
 
“Spartacus: War of the Damned” is scheduled to premiere in January 2013 on STARZ.

Comic Con runs from July 12 to July 15 with Preview night on July 11th. 

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Dennis Haysbert talks new movie LUV, 'Waiting to Exhale' and Whitney Houston

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation hosted their annual Golf Classic, a charity tournament benefiting the Foundation’s Catastrophic Health Fund and Assistance Programs. The event hosted by Ron Perlman, had stars of television and movies out to support the worthy cause.

The Golf Classic brings together golf enthusiast from the sports and entertainment communities to raise funds for the foundation, which provides vital support to the acting community in times of need.

In attendance to play golf and to lend their support to their organization were Alan Thicke, Breckin Meyer, Christopher McDonald, CS Lee, Danny Masterson, Dave Annable, David Leisure, Dawnn Lewis, Dennis Haysbert, Gabriel Aubrey, Greg Ellis, Greg Itzin, James Remar, Jeff Nordling, JoBeth Williams, Joe Mantegna, Joel Gretsch, Joel McHale, Kathryn Newton, Kurt Fuller, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Michael Cassidy, Paula Trickey, Robert Hays, Ron Perlman, Sally Whitfield, Scott Bakula, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tim Allen, Tom Bower, and many more.

Spotlight-On-Entertainment, in conjunction with LA Sitcom Examiner, talked to actor Dennis Haysbert on the red carpet before tee-off where he talked about the golf game, his upcoming movie, "LUV," and shared his thoughts on a "Waiting To Exhale" sequel. 

Check out the interview below to hear what he had to say. (Excuse the unavoidable lighting issues)

For more interviews from the SAG Foundation Golf Classic, come back to this site and also visit LA Sitcom Examiner

For the latest on the upcoming Daytime Emmy Awards airing on Saturday, June 23rd, visit Daytime TV Examiner

For more info and the latest articles about television and the stars and creators who bring it to life, follow me on Twitter at:https://twitter.com/#!/spotliteonent and Phyllis_Thomas

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Black Music Month June 16th: Soul II Soul

In honor of Black Music Month, today's music video is "Back To Life" by Soul II Soul.

Check out the video below:

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Christopher McDonald talks 'Harry's Law' cancellation, future projects


The Screen Actors Guild Foundation hosted their annual Golf Classic, a charity tournament benefiting the Foundation’s Catastrophic Health Fund and Assistance Programs. The event hosted by Ron Perlman, had stars of television and movies out to support the worthy cause.
The Golf Classic brings together golf enthusiast from the sports and entertainment communities to raise funds for the foundation, which provides vital support to the acting community in times of need.
In attendance to play golf and to lend their support to their organization were Alan Thicke, Breckin Meyer, Christopher McDonald, CS Lee, Danny Masterson, Dave Annable, David Leisure, Dawnn Lewis, Dennis Haysbert, Gabriel Aubrey, Greg Ellis, Greg Itzin, James Remar, Jeff Nordling, JoBeth Williams, Joe Mantegna, Joel Gretsch, Joel McHale, Kathryn Newton, Kurt Fuller, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Michael Cassidy, Paula Trickey, Robert Hays, Ron Perlman, Sally Whitfield, Scott Bakula, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tim Allen, Tom Bower, and many more.

Spotlight-On-Entertainment talked to actor Christopher McDonald on the red carpet before tee-off where he talked about his cancelled too soon show "Harry's Law," and also discusses working on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire." 
Check out the interview below to hear what he had to say. (Excuse the unavoidable lighting issues)
For more interviews from the SAG Foundation Golf Classic, come back to this site and also visit LA Sitcom Examiner
For the latest on the upcoming Daytime Emmy Awards airing on Saturday, June 23rd, visit Daytime TV Examiner 
For more info and the latest articles about television and the stars and creators who bring it to life, follow me on Twitter at:https://twitter.com/#!/spotliteonent and Phyllis_Thomas 
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Black Music Month June 15th: Donna Summer

June 15, 2012
In honor of Black Music Month, today's music video is "Last Dance" by the late Donna Summer.

Check out the video below:

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Trailer: '2 Days in New York' opening August 10th

"2 Days in New York" opens August 10th. The movie stars Julie Delpy and Chris Rock. 

In the movie's synopsis, Marion and Mingus live cozily—perhaps too cozily—with their cat and two young children from previous relationships. However, when Marion’s jolly father (played by director Delpy’s real-life dad), her oversexed sister, and her sister’s outrageous boyfriend unceremoniously descend upon them for a visit, it initiates two unforgettable days that will test Marion and Mingus’s relationship. With their unwitting racism and sexual frankness, the French triumvirate hilariously has no boundaries or filters...and no person is left unscathed in its wake.

Directed and cowritten by Delpy, "2 Days in New York" is a deliciously witty romp. One of the pleasures of this follow-up film to 2 Days in Paris is the addition of Chris Rock, who—amid the Gallic mayhem—convincingly plays the straight man as Marion’s hipster American boyfriend. With great skill and energy, Delpy heightens cultural differences to comedic extremes but also manages to show that sometimes change is the best solution to a relationship that’s been pushed to its limit.

Check out the trailer below: 

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Black Music Month June 14: The Commodores

June 14, 2012
In honor of Black Music Month, today's video is "Machine Gun" by The Commodores.
Check out the video below:

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'Dallas on TNT': Josh Henderson talks new show, playing son of TV bad boy JR Ewing

June 13, 2012

 J.R. Ewing is back! One the most fascinating and talked about characters in television history is back. TNT's all new Dallas returns with all new episodes on Wednesday, June 13th at 9pm ET?PT. It's been nearly two decades since viewers last saw them and the Ewing Family is back. The premiere episode has the family gathered at Southfork Ranch for the upcoming wedding of Bobby’s adopted son, Christopher, to Rebecca Sutter. Although the occasion is joyous, an old family rivalry crosses generations after secret oil drilling on Southfork results in a major gusher. Everyone has his or her own agenda when the fight over oil and land threatens to tear the Ewings apart once again. Let the games begin.
The series stars the original iconic characters, played by Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray, with the next generation, played by Jesse Metcalf, Josh Henderson, Jordana Brewster and Juliana Gonzalo. 

Spotlight-On-Entertainment chatted with Josh Henderson who plays, John Ross, the son of the one and only JR, played by Larry Hagman. The actor talked about working on a show with such a rich and well known back story and talked working with Larry.

What's it like to be on a show that's such a cult classic?

Josh: An honor...I'm originally from there. I was born in Dallas, Texas so I knew how much of an impact the show had on Dallas on America but also the world. It's history in general, it's a very big deal and for me to be a part of it is very surreal. I feel blessed. My meema, which is my grandmother watched every week and she made me and the family watch every week. She hated JR, she couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next and now I'm playing his son.

Your character on Dallas already has such a history. Knowing that, how did you prepare for the role?

Josh: John Ross was a baby on the original so I knew that there was a lot of expectations about who and what the spawn of JR was going to be. So I just wanted to take what Larry did so well with JR. There's something so magnetic about that character. I wanted to give a little taste that says he's my father, how to live up to that expected power and I respect that about him. I don't have a great relationship with my father but I respect it and that's all I know. All I know about how to run a business. I'm definitely a chip off the old block.

What have you learned most from working with Larry?

Josh: In terms of working with Larry, it's his energy. He walks in the room and he's got this spirit but as soon its time he becomes that character of JR. The character takes over the room and you can't help but be really drawn in so I'm learning by watching his work and the way he says certain lines a little differently and the subtle thing he does. I'm kind of trying to grab so of that attention as John Ross. In real life, I'm just trying to learn to what to expect and learn what comes with the territory on a show like this. We're so blessed to have Patrick, Linda and Larry. We couldn't have done this show without them. So to have them here with us...it's pretty awesome. 

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Black Music Month June 13th: Tyrone Davis

In honor of Black Music Month, today's music video is "If I Could Turn Back The Hands of Time" by Tyrone Davis. Yep, that's Patti Labelle making the introduction.

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Black Music Month June 12th: The Spinners

June 12, 2012
In honor of Black Music Month, today's video is "Then Came You" by The Spinners. The song was originally recorded with Dionne Warwick by is sung her with Joni Sledge of Sister Sledge.

Check out the video below:

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Video Interview: 'Bunheads' star Sutton Foster previews her new show airing June 11th on ABC Family

June 11, 2012
Broadway darling and two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster is heading to television as what else, a dancer. The actress is teaming up with "Gilmore Girls" creator Amy Sherman- Palladino to star in the new ABC Family drama  "Bunheads." Sutton plays a Las Vegas showgirl and dancer who has kind of lost her way. Looking for a better and more fulfilling life, she marries on a whim, moves to a small town with him and somehow ends up working with her domineering mother-in-law to run the local ballet school. The two end up forming a bond that neither expected. 

Michelle sounds a little like Sutton, who for the past few years has commanded the Broadway stage. The actress appeared in such Broadway classics as "Grease," "Annie," "Les Miserables,"  "Shrek The Musical" and the musicals that earned her her Tonys,  "Anything Goes" and "Thoroughly Modern Millie."

Joining Sutton is a talented cast of actors including Kaitlyn Jenkins, Julia Goldani Telles, Bailey Buntain, Emma Dumont and Kelly Bishop as Michelle's mother-in-law Fanny.

Spotlight-On-Entertainment talked to Sutton where she talked about coming to television and explains to us exactly what a "bunhead" is. 

"Bunheads" premieres on ABC Family on Monday, June 11 at 9:00pm ET/PT. 
Check out the interview below: 


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'The Glass House': get a look at the new reality show coming to ABC, June 18th


ABC's newest reality competition show "The Glass House" is nothing like any other show on television if ABC has anything to say about it. The executive producer of the show, Kenny Rosen, offered reporters a tour of the all glass house built on a sound-stage exclusively for the show. Fourteen contestants, from all different backgrounds and ranging in age from 25 to 48, will live in front of cameras while the audience directs them in challenges to help determine who is eliminated each week. The conclusion of the competition is one contestant walking off with the $250,000 prize.

Through Facebook and ABC.com, viewers will be able to interact with the contestants and follow their journey on the show and vote to keep them on. Each week someone will be voted off and the process will start off over again. The camera surveillance-like reality competition show will have their contestants living together in a multi-room house with the cameraman and producers (dressed in black as not to reflect light off the two way mirrors) documenting their actions from the secret passages all around the house. There are the traditional common living and dining areas, the bedrooms for two or three roommates and there are even "penalty" bedrooms where contestants who might not see eye to eye are be forced to spend time together. There is even a "reward" room  where friends can hang out.

The contestants are in the "fishbowl or “inside a snow globe” as Kenny calls it, but unlike other games shows, they will have significant periods of downtime time to themselves without the cameras. Also, the show has no on-camera host. There will be a "voice behind the mirror" that the contestants will get direction and instruction from. The competition goes on 24 hours a day, 5 days a week (the contestants get a 2 day reprieve from competition, spending their down time in a hotel near the house).
Leading outside the house is a massive backyard where all the physical challenges will take place. So who are the contestants? They are, as previously announced by ABC:
 Alex, bail bondsman (age 25) – Dallas, TX, Andrea, bookkeeper (age 31) – Valencia, CA, Apollo, poet/author (age 28) – Phoenix, AZ, Ashley, paralegal (age 30) – New Orleans, LA, Erica, cocktail waitress (age 27) – Denver, CO, Gene, stuntman (age 28) – Chicago, IL, Jacob, cook (age 28) – Coos Bay, OR, Jeffrey, receptionist (age 35) – Brooklyn, NY, Joy, nurse (age 27) – Fredericksburg, VA, Kevin, police sergeant (age 33) – Toledo, OH, Melissa, freelance journalist (age 31) – Chicago, IL, Mike, bar mitzvah DJ (age 48) – Pembroke, MA, Robin, blogger (age 43) – Washington, DC and Stephanie, scientist (age 32) – Boston, MA.
So how exactly will this game work and is it really so much like CBS's "Big Brother" that the rival network couldn't help but sue to stop the show from airing?

 "We are keeping calm and carrying on," Kenny said when asked if they we worried about the current legal battle with CBS. "I don't know that worried is the right word, we've been distracted a bit but we're moving forward and are going to have a great show on June 18th."
He also believes that they have a very different show than what's out there and also a fun game.
"We have a new game, a brand new format,” he said. "We think the game is really cool and the truth of the matter is that long running reality shows on air have games that work. That's the key to any great challenge show withstanding the test of time. I think we have a really good game and I think America is going to dig the control that we are giving them, that going to be immediate and it’s going to be significant. We're having them make every decision. They're trimming the player pool. it's their top of the gene pool of who they like and dislike. We can't the show a lot different than any other reality show."

But unlike the "American Idols" and "America's Got Talent" type shows, the contestants' back stories are there but are not the main focus of the show.
"Back story doesn't mean too much to us," Kenny said. "People are obviously going to come in with their background and I'm sure they're going to talk about who they are. Obviously we are going to have extroverts on the show otherwise they wouldn't enjoy living under camera surveillance like they are. For the most part their back stories will be told in the house and they'll get their cues, clues from viewers as it whether they’re doing something that [the audience] likes or not and they'll need to either change their behavior or continue with the behavior they've been exhibiting. Like with any reality show you can't hide; at a certain point, you're bound to show your true colors.”
The contestants will have situations thrown at them in a moments notice and have to respond. What those challenges will be and how the audience responds to it will be key to the success of the show and crucial to helping a contestant win the big prize.
“There's seven hours of live internet time available where the audience can personally interact with the people in the house, “Kenny said. “The audience will decide who's looking to entertain me or impress me. I'd like to think that our contestants are going to end up leaving here as better people than they were when they arrived which is rare for any reality show. “

The show’s producers feel they have the right formula to keep the show fresh. "We have thousands and thousands of ideas and this is the first season so we're testing ideas this rehearsal week. We’re going to be doing some new concepts and new ideas to see what works. We'll learn our lessons just like whenever you do something new, It’ll be a big learning curve for us. For the live one hour shows, we'll switch it up. We'll see."
The quality of contestants the show has chosen, Kenny feels, is a lot different than some of the other reality shows that have aired. "Our contestants," he insists, "have redeeming qualities about them in life. We're not just casting hard young people or hard bodies who are there to fight with each other and pull each other’s hair out sand talk smack about each other. We have people here who have real redeeming qualities which is really important for this game to work. People that the viewer can get behind and support. They can root for them and try to help carry their favorite players to the end, our contestant are coming at it from a completely different perspective that the ‘Survivors’ and ‘Amazing Races’ of the world.”

Still the veteran producer of such reality shows as “Hell’s Kitchen” has no pre-conceived notions about who will win.
"I’ve done a lot of reality shows and I can never predict who's going to win," Kenny said. "Some people surprise you in a really good way and some people surprise you in a really bad way and I’m sure that going to be the way it goes this time too. You just never know...people when casting for reality shows are a lot different...where willing to say and do anything. Casting, once they get here they can’t help but show their true colors, we'll see."

The contestants are moving into the house Monday, June 11th. "The Glass House" premieres June 18th on ABC. For more info on the show, visit ABC.com
(photo credit: Nicole Wilder/American Broadcasting Companies)

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Black Music Month June 11th: Al Jarreau

In honor of Black Music Month, today's video is Al Jarreau. Here he is singing "Take Five" with Dave Brubeck.

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CBS plans to shut down ABC's 'The Glass House' -- again

The drama surrounding ABC's new reality competition series "The Glass House" is more intense behind the scene than any playing out in front of the camera these days and the show hasn't even started yet. CBS, the network that put on countless seasons of "Big Brother" on the air, is  seeking to shut "The Glass House," which they claim is too similar to their reality staple, "Big Brother" down.

Entertainment Weekly reports that CBS has filed a temporary restraining order to stop ABC from airing the show which is set to debut on June 18th There is already a lawsuit pending on the matter alleging copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation. "The Glass House" pits contestants living together in front of cameras while competing in challenges to win a $250, 000 prize.
ABC is moving ahead with the project as planned thus far with the 14 previously announced contestants moving in on Monday, June 11. Fans can log onto ABC.com/The Glass House for a sneak peek of the house and more.
Check back to this site later today for a report on Spotlight-On-Entertainment's visit to "The Glass House" set.

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'Magic Mike': sneak peek photos of the Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey movie

June 10, 2012
New photos have been released for "Magic Mike," starring Channing Tatum. Loosely based on Channing's real life beginnings as a male "dancer," Channing Mike, an entrepreneur. A man of many talents and loads of charm, he spends his days pursuing the American Dream from as many angles as he can handle: from roofing houses and detailing cars to designing furniture from his Tampa beach condo. But at night... he's just magic.
The hot headliner in an all-male revue, Magic Mike has been rocking the stage at Club Xquisite for years with his original style and over-the-top dance moves. The more the ladies love him, the more they spend, and the happier that makes club owner Dallas (Matthew McConaughey).

Seeing potential in a guy he calls the Kid (Alex Pettyfer), Mike takes the 19-year-old under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of dancing, partying, picking up women and making easy money. It's not long before the club's newest act has fans of his own, as the summer opens up to a world of fun, friendship and good times.
Meanwhile, Mike meets the Kid's captivating sister, Brooke (Cody Horn). She's definitely someone he'd like to know a lot better, and it looks like he has a chance...until his lifestyle gets in the way. "Magic Mike" opens June 29th. 

Check out some photos below:










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NCIS' Pauley Perrette talks becoming Lois Lane in 'Superman vs The Elite'

DC Comics and Warner Bros video's "Superman vs The Elite" is coming to DVD June 12. The latest adventure with the Super Hero puts the Man of Steel up against some of his most lethal adversaries to date.
In "Superman vs The Elite," Superman's effectiveness as a super hero comes into question when a new group of super powerful crusaders, known as "The Elite," appear on the scene.  As super heroes, the Elite know no bounds, and are more than willing to kill, even on a massive scale, to stop villainy -- putting them on a collision course with the ever-ethical and decidedly non-lethal Man of Steel.

NCIS star Pauley Perrette lends her voice to Lois Lane in the movie, playing opposite George Newbern who reprises his role as Superman.

The all-new, PG-13 rated film arrives June 12, 2012 as a Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download. Both the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD will include an
UltraViolet™ Digital Copy. To order click here: Superman vs The Elite [Blu-ray]

Pauley sat down to chat about playing the most famous leading ladies ever. Check out the interview below:
SOE: Were you a Superman fan growing up?

Pauley:
 When I was little, I think that I wanted Superman to be my boyfriend. So this is the next best thing. I get to pretend to be Superman’s girlfriend. Although the older I’ve become, I’ve sort of decided that I would rather be Superman myself. So I’m trying (she snickers).  But even my first memory of a super hero was of Superman, because I had a crush on him. Well, it was on Clark Kent, Superman and Christopher Reeve, all rolled into one.

SOE: Did you have any of how you wanted to play Lois Lane before you started recording?

Pauley:
When you’re doing voice work, and I said it right when I came in the door, I said, ‘I’m very obedient, and I will take direction.” Because the people who have written this, and the ones who have been envisioning the animation in their head, they have such a specific concept on what they want, that it’s good for me to say, “Give it to me. Give me every piece of direction you want. I’ll do it 10 different ways. Whatever you want.” It’s their vision, and I want to achieve
that. If I get an idea while I’m doing a voice, I will offer it …“Hey, can we try this?” But it’s still up to them.

SOE: You studied sociology, psychology and criminal science in college. How have your studies prepared you as an actress.

Pauley:
I do think my background in sociology, psychology and criminal science has helped me as an actor because I spent years and a years and years studying human behavior as a science, and as an actor -- in approaching a role like Lois Lane or any character – it’s always fascinating to me to try to figure them out psychologically and sociologically. In many ways, acting is really like a science to me to figure out the human behavior of any character that I’m playing.
SOE: Lois Lane as an important role model for girls. Who were your role models as a kid?

Pauley:
Lois Lane is an inspirational character because she’s a smart and powerful woman. Even when she’s with Superman, she has no problem putting him in his place, and giving her opinion. It’s quite an honor to give voice to Lois Lane and be part of that legacy. My personal inspirations were a lot of the smart women throughout history, like Marie Curie and Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart. Those are the ones that really inspired me. And the love of my life, Abraham Lincoln.

SOE: You do a lot of charity work and volunteering. How important is that kind of work to you.  

Pauley:
 My life outside of work is pretty much about charities. I have a big passion about civil rights for everyone – whoever is being downtrodden at the moment, it doesn’t matter: racial discrimination or sexual orientation or gender. Whatever it is, I’m there. I think I was a born civil rights activist. I can’t stand the smashing of a community. It’s not fair and it’s not right. We’re supposed to be here for liberty and justice for all, right?

SOE: Are you a geek yourself?

Pauley:
My geekiness is in science and math. So if I had an ultimate geek role to play, I’d be a super scientist who was also a crime fighter. But on NCIS, I’m actually playing a crime-fighting super scientist right now, so maybe all my geeky dreams have come true!

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Spaceballs: 25th Anniversary Edition coming to Blu-ray August 7


Mel Brooks' comedy classic "Spaceballs: 25th Anniversary Edition" will be released on Blu-ray August 7.  Brooks leads an all-star cast of which includes John Candy, Rick Moranis and Bill Pullman.

When the evil Dark Helmet (Moranis) attempts to steal all the air from planet Druidia, a determined Druish Princess (Daphne Zuniga), a clueless rogue (Pullman) and a half-man/half-dog creature who's his own best friend (Candy) set out to stop him.  But with the forces of darkness closing in on them at ludicrous speed, they'll need the help of a wise imp named Yogurt (Brooks) and the mystical power of "The Schwartz" to bring peace and merchandising rights to the entire galaxy!

This Blu-ray brings fans an all-new featurette for the "Spaceballs: 25th Anniversary Edition" Blu-ray entitled “Farce Yourself! Spaceballs and the Skroobing of Sci-Fi.”  Mel Brooks takes fans on a guided tour into the making of the Spaceballs saga, exploring the film’s inspiration, its production, visual effects (including the sizzling creation of “Pizza the Hut”), how the film directly tears down the adventurous (Star Wars), the scary serious (Alien) and even the apocalyptic (Planet of the Apes) in his own uninhibited way and its epic status as Mel Brooks’ most successful and beloved fan favorite film.  Additional bonus features include commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes, still galleries, trailers, film bloopers and more.

Five Hours of Blu-ray Special Features
  • NEW!! Farce Yourself! Spaceballs and the Skroobing of Sci-Fi featurette
  • Commentary by Mel Brooks
  • Additional Commentary Tracks:
    • Mawgese
    • Dinkese
  • Spaceballs: The Documentary featurette
  • In Conversation: Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan featurette
  • John Candy: Comic Spirit featurette
  • Watch the Movie in Ludicrous Speed featurette
  • Still Galleries:
    • Spaceballs: The Behind-the-Movie Photos
    • Spaceballs: The Costume Gallery
    • Spaceballs: The Art Gallery
  • Trailers
    • Exhibitor Trailer with Mel Brooks Introduction
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Film Flubs:
    • Edge of the Mirror
    • Grabs Himself Early
    • The Magic Reappearing Ring
    • More Than His Head
    • No End in Sight
    • Track Behind Dot
  • Storyboards-to-Film Comparison
Spaceballs Blu-ray:   CAT#: M126796    UPC: 88390426796680
Street Date: August 7, 2012         
Prebook Date: July 11, 2012        
Screen Format: 16:9 (2:35:1)                                                        
Audio: 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio                                                                        
Subtitles: English, Spanish                                  
U.S. Rating: R for - For language, and brief violent and sexual content                
Total Run Time: 254 minutes      
Closed Captioned: Yes     
 
To order the Blu- ray, click Spaceballs (25th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]



Dance with Film Festival names 'Fray' Grand Jury Prize winner


The winners were announced for the Dances with Films (DWF) Film Festival at Grauman's Chinese Theatre.  

This year's Competition Winners were:

Feature Competition
-Grand Jury Prize - FRAY (Director/Writer - Geoff Ryan, Producer - Jodi Redmond)
-Honorable Mention - SMALL CREATURES  (Director/Writer/Producer - Martin Wallace)
-Audience Award  - DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR (Director - Iris Almaraz w/Guest Director Gustavo Ramos, Writers - Iris Almaraz & Gustavo Ramos, Producer - Joey Mendez)

Documentary Competition
-Audience Award - THE EXQUISITE CORPSE PROJECT (Director - Ben Popik, Writers - Chioke Nassor, Joel Clark, Adam Conover, Dave Segal, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Producers - Margaret Laney & Ben Popik)

Fusion Short
-Audience Award - HI, LILLIAN (Director - Mike Lemcke, Writers - Mike Lemcke & Grant Lyon, Producer - Grant Lyon)

Fusion Feature
-Audience Award - SHOWBOYS (Director -Johnny Soto, Writers - Johnny Soto & Jeff Garner, Producer - Diana Vu)

Short Competition
-Grand Jury Prize - CRESCENDO (Director/Writer/Produer - Alonso Alvarez Barreda)
-Honorable Mention - A DAY IN THE LIFE OF YOUR CATS (Director/Producer - Jeffrey Williams, Writer/Producer - Dan Greenberger)
-Audience Award - TEN DOLLAR COVER (Director - Bubba Carr, Writers - Bubba Carr & LC Crowley & Grayson Hunter, Producers - LC Crowley & Michelle Keller 

For its 2nd year, DWF gives an ICA (Industry Choice Award) to a filmmaker juried by this years industry luminaries Mark Ordesky (LORD OF THE RINGS Exec. Producer/Amber Ent.), Steven Wegner (THE BLIND SIDE/Alcon Ent.), Mike Macari (THE RING I & II, 
Macari/Edelstein) and Tracy Bing(MARCH OF THE PENGUINS, GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK).  

This year's ICA Award goes to 2 films:  
-INTO THE WAKE (Director - John Mossman, Writers/Producers -Tim Miller & John Mossman)
-CRESCENDO (Director/Writer/Produer - Alonso Alvarez Barreda)

For its 6th year, Canon sponsor's DWF's 2 MINUTE, 2 STEP SHORT FILM CHALLENGE which brings 6 filmmmaking teams together as they are given just 4 hours to shoot and edit a two minute film.

This year's 2 MINUTE, 2 STEP SHORT FILM CHALLENGE winner is:
-CRIME IN A BOX by Jeff Lorch and Jason Weissbrod

For more info about the festival, visit their website at 
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Nick at Nite premieres original drama 'Hollywood Heights'

Nick at Nite adds sizzle to summer weeknights with the original primetime drama Hollywood Heights, kicking off with a special preview beginning Monday, June 11. The debut episode will encore every night at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) through Friday, June 15, with the series premiering on Monday, June 18 at 9:00 P.M. (ET/PT). Adapted for a U.S. audience from the wildly popular Mexican telenovela Alcanzar una Estrella, Hollywood Heights follows the journey of a teenage girl whose life changes drastically when she becomes a star and wins the love of her rock and roll idol, and both are tested by setbacks, heartbreak and deception. The first season of the 80-episode series, co-produced with Televisa in association with Sony Pictures Television, will air weeknights at 9p.m. through October 2012.

Hollywood Heights centers on Loren Tate (Brittany Underwood), a shy teen whose musical aspirations inch closer to reality when she wins a songwriting contest sponsored by Eddie Duran (Cody Longo), a rock star at the top of his game. Although Loren and Eddie’s budding partnership – on-stage and off – faces obstacles, their strong family bonds inspire them to keep going.

Joining Brittany and Cody in the cast are Robert Adamson, Brandon P Bell,  Ashley Holliday, Shannon Kane, Hunter King, Brian Letscher, Grayson McCouch, Melissa Ordway, Meredith Salenger, Justin Wilczynski, Jama Williamson and Carlos Ponce. 

The show also scored a casting coup with Academy Award nominee James Franco. He will star in a multi-episode arc as Osborne "Oz" Silver, an eccentric movie mogul who lives life to the fullest, often outrageously. Offbeat, seductive and ruthless when he has to be, Oz adores making movies and does whatever it takes to make the films he wants.

The first episode of "Hollywood Heights" is available for viewing online ahead of the June 18th premiere. To watch the pilot, click Hollywood Heights
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Black Music Month June 10th: Audra McDonald

In honor of Black Music Month and in a salute to the Tony Awards airing on CBS tonight, today's music video is "Summertime" by Tony Winner Audra McDonald. Audra is nominated for a Tony Award for her role in The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. "Summertime" is from that Musical.

For more on The Tony Awards, including the nominees, visit: Tonys

Check out the video below:



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Fall TV Preview: 'Beauty and the Beast' on The CW

June 9, 2012
The CW tells their version of the classic tale of Beauty and The Beast in this one hour drama heading to TV this fall. In this version, Detective Catherine Chandler is a smart, no-nonsense homicide detective. When she was a teenager, Catherine witnessed the murder of her mother at the hands of two gunmen. Catherine would have been killed too, but someone – or something – saved her.
 No one has ever believed her, but she knows it wasn't an animal that attacked the assassins…it was human. Years have passed, and Catherine is a strong, confident, capable police officer, working alongside her equally talented partner, Tess. While investigating a murder, Catherine discovers a clue that leads her to a handsome doctor named Vincent Keller, who was reportedly killed by enemy fire while serving in Afghanistan in 2002. Catherine learns that Vincent is actually still alive and that it was he who saved her many years before. For mysterious reasons that have forced him to live outside of traditional society, Vincent has been in hiding for the past 10 years to guard his secret – when he is enraged, he becomes a terrifying beast, unable to control his super-strength and heightened senses.
 Catherine agrees to protect his identity in return for any insight he may have into her mother's murder. Thus begins a complex relationship between Catherine and Vincent, who are powerfully drawn to each other yet understand that their connection is extremely dangerous for both of them.

The series stars Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan, Max Brown, Nina Lisandrello, Nicole Gale Anderson, Austin Basis and Brian White.

The version with Linda Hamilton and Ron Pearlman was a huge hit and still has a strong cult following and then of course, there is Disney's version so all eyes will be on it. Plus with the recent failure of other famous reboots (Charlie Angels, Bionic Woman and the Wonder Woman pilot come to mind) the pressure is on.

"Beauty and The Beast" Preview:

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Black Music Month June 9th: Diana Ross

In honor of Black Music Month, today's video is from one of the best performers ever, Diana Ross. Here is a clip of one of her live performances of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."

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Fall TV Preview: 'Arrow' on The CW

Here's a look at the new fall show on The CW entitled, "Arrow." 
In the series description:
After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he's become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow - a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be - flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle - while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel's father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver's own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.
The series stars Stephen Amell, Colin Donnell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, with Susanna Thompson and Paul Blackthorne.
Based on characters appearing in comic books and graphic novels published by DC Comics, ARROW is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television.  
Check out a sneak peek below:
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Warner Bros announces re-release of iconic movies in their Summer Classics Series


This summer marks a great time to be a fan of classic movies. More theater chains and movie studios are taking a page from the popular TCM Classic Film Festival and are bringing classic movies to the big screen. 
Warner Bros and Cinemark are the latest to re-release some of their most popular movies of all time in their "Summer Classics Series.” Featuring eight legendary Hollywood movies, the showings will take place in over 100 Cinemark theatres across the country. All of these digitally restored movies, from the Warner Bros. film catalogue, will be scheduled to play each Wednesday, during the months of June and July, at two separate show times, 2 pm and 7pm.
Cinemark has worked with Warner Bros. to select eight titles that were visionary films at their time of release, and still stand as true “classics” in every sense of the word. The list of the movies that will be shown are listed below:
June 6
The Exorcist (1973)Rated R
June 13
Citizen Kane (1941)Rated PG
June 20
Cool Hand Luke (1967)Rated PG
June 27
The Searchers (1956)Rated PG
July 4
That’s Entertainment (1974)Rated G
July 11
A Clockwork Orange (1971)Rated R
July 18
North By Northwest (1959)Not Rated
July 25
Cabaret (1972)
Rated PG
Cinemark has went all out to give their customers the best entertainment experience in the industry. In order to make movie-going as easy and enjoyable as possible, Cinemark focuses on offering more choices to their customers. For example, “Print at Home” ticketing, available at www.cinemark.com, makes it easy for patrons to purchase tickets in advance from the comfort of their home or office. 
Customers can bypass lines at the box office and go directly to a kiosk in the theatre lobby. Also, guests can download and purchase tickets through Cinemark’s mobile applications that are available for iPhone and Android phones. Finally, to stay connected, customers can sign up online to receive free, weekly showtime e-mailers that contain online coupons for discounts at the concession stand and other weekly special offers.
A full list of participating Cinemark locations, advance ticket purchases and show time information can be found at www.cinemark.com.
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